GARDINER — Michael Miclon was working his contact listing arduous final Friday.
Simply two days after the Gardiner Metropolis Council permitted his request to placed on the Johnson Corridor Free Waterfront Live performance Sequence this yr, Miclon was scrambling to fill the eight Fridays, from July 9 to Aug. 27.
“We’re behind the eight ball,” Miclon, Johnson Corridor’s govt creative director, mentioned final week.
As public well being restrictions are easing, extra persons are getting vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 and quarantines for vacationers are being canceled, Miclon shouldn’t be alone. Organizers of occasions — massive and small — throughout Maine’s capital area are working to be able to welcome the general public again to festivals, agricultural gala’s, concert events and different gatherings after more than a year of closures and cancellations.
Not all seasonal occasions will resume this yr, both due to timing or lingering considerations about public well being. Historically, the summer season season in Gardiner kicks off with the Higher Gardiner River Pageant on the finish of June, however that isn’t happening this yr. Neither is Outdated Hallowell Day or Richmond Days, each of which came about beforehand in July.
Others are going forward, with restrictions nonetheless in place. This yr, the fourth annual Kennebec River Brewfest, hosted by the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, is once more providing Brewfest To Go Cooler Baggage, full with space beers and seasonal swag, which will probably be out there for pickup between June 29 and July 2, relatively than an in-person occasion.
For greater than a yr, the Johnson Corridor Performing Arts Heart has placed on a collection of livestreamed occasions from the historic opera home on Water Avenue due to COVID-19 public well being restrictions which have made public gatherings unimaginable.
Now, nonetheless, Miclon is reserving dwell acts for outdoor concert events and contemplating what he would possibly have the ability to guide for Johnson Corridor’s Studio theater starting in September.
“I’ve acquired to get to my individuals actually quick,” Miclon mentioned, as a result of his shouldn’t be the one venue opening up once more.
Miclon mentioned he anticipated bands which have gone with out work for greater than a yr could be reserving dates and filling their calendars this summer season.
When the Gardiner Metropolis Council permitted Miclon’s request, it additionally permitted the appliance submitted by the Basic Cruisin’ on the Waterfront Park on Thursdays, from June to September, a well-liked occasion that attracts basic, classic and different distinctive vehicles.
Augusta can also be planning a summer season season of occasions, together with completely different choices for a Fourth of July celebration and occasions which have turn into traditions.
“We’re doing Films within the Park as soon as once more this summer season,” mentioned Michael Corridor, govt director of the Augusta Downtown Alliance.
The flicks, sponsored by Bangor Financial savings Financial institution, are to start at Augusta’s Waterfront Park starting at nightfall July 15 and 22 and Aug. 5 and 12, with rain dates set for July 29 and Aug. 19.
In June, Corridor mentioned, a Enterprise After Hours on the Colonial Theatre has been scheduled, which is predicted to be the primary public gathering in downtown Augusta for the reason that pandemic was declared in March 2020.
Corridor mentioned the town can also be planning Waterfront Wednesdays most weeks through the summer season, and different particular occasions are within the works. From there, Corridor is remaining optimistic.
“Halloween is happening full-scale this yr” Corridor mentioned. “As a result of if we’re nonetheless like this in October, there’s no hope.”
Outdoors the area’s cities, organizers of agricultural gala’s have been preparing for the truthful season, starting with the Monmouth Truthful, the primary truthful of the season, scheduled to start June 23.
“We’re in full-force planning proper now,” Diana Morgan, president of the Monmouth Truthful board, mentioned lately. “We’re simply attempting to placed on a good that will probably be secure for everybody. We hope that folks will probably be anxious to come back out and have some fries and fried dough.”
Even with rising vaccination charges, truthful organizers are planning for making certain social distancing at occasions and making certain handwashing or sanitizer stations can be found for guests.
Whereas a requirement to put on protecting masks in public locations shouldn’t be anticipated to be in power when Gardiner’s Waterfront Live performance Sequence begins, different measures will probably be in place to restrict contact with individuals.
“The employees working there and the volunteers will probably be vaccinated,” Miclon mentioned. “However we’re not going to do raffles, as a result of we’re going to do the least quantity of touching as potential.”
The Gardiner Rotary Membership is planning to promote scorching canine and hamburgers, and different occasions are within the works.
“This can be a signal of main positivity,” Miclon mentioned.